Alberto Arroyo claimed to be the first person to jog around the Central Park Reservoir, and by the time he died in a Manhattan nursing home at 94 on Thursday, who could dispute him? What is certain is that generations of runners came to treasure the leathery-skinned gentleman with flowing white hair and matching mustache as a peculiarly New York institution.
A friend is putting on a fitness retreat in Jamaica next month. Here's the info. The retreat The retreat is being led by brother and The The retreat package · · · · · The total price of the trip is In You can find out more about the retreat and register
will take place in Negril
be donated to an awesome local Jamaican charitable organization called
HELP Jamaica (Help Establish Library Projects in Jamaica), an
organization that establishes and supports library and education projects
in economically depressed areas in Jamaica (check them out at http://www.helpjamaica.org).
sister team of Ashley and Colby Swartz. Ashley and Colby have
expertise in Pilates, mixed-martial arts, athletic conditioning, and triathlon
training. What's great about
this retreat is that it is customized to its participants. Ashley and Colby will consult
individually with every retreat attendee in advance to set up a personalized
training plan for the trip. Examples of work-outs and activities
that may be included are: cardio training, interval training, strength and
resistance training, cross training, body sculpting, Plyometrics, Pilates, boot
camp classes, conditioning drills, core strengthening.
retreat is being held at a Villas Sur Mer.
A private seaside villa, so there is ample opportunity to do open
Accommodation at Villas Sur Mer,
villa nestled along the cliffs of
All meals and alcohol
$950 per person. It’s also possible to participate in the
retreat for less than the full 6 days with accordingly reduced
addition to being a fabulous getaway, this
retreat will also benefit a very deserving and worthy
A friend is putting on a fitness retreat in Jamaica next month. Here's the info.
The retreat is being led by brother and
The retreat package
The total price of the trip is
You can find out more about the retreat and register
One of the things I'm always preaching to my runners is the need to be aware and "tuned in" while running. Aside from the safety issue, it's one of the reasons why I generally don't love folks running with headphones. Well, here's a chance to see how well you've been listening to your body. Our friends at JackRabbit are putting on a novel race on Tuesday April 13th at 7pm. This race will not be won by the
fastest runner, but by the person who knows themselves best. When you
register, you need to predict your finishing time. The race will be
chip timed, but there will be no clocks on the course and runners are not
allowed to wear watches, plus presumably iPods will be banned as well since they can be used for timing. After the race, you’ll see what your actual
finish time was and just how close you came. The people that are
closest to their predicted times win.
this race is not about speed, they will not have separate categories for
men & women or different age groups. Instead, the top 5 most
accurate runners will win a $30 coupon to JackRabbit, the next 10 most
accurate will win a $20 coupon, and the next 10 most accurate will win
a $10 coupon. Winners will receive coupons via email or as a store
credit. Proceeds from the race and put them towards a project in Prospect Park
that will benefit the running community.
race will begin and end at the Bartel Prichard lot at the intersection
of 15th St and Prospect Park West in Prospect Park at 7:00 p.m. Please
plan to arrive no later than 6:45p. Bag drop will be provided. The
start is very close to the F train stop at Prospect Park. The race
course will be approximately one loop of the park.
race is capped at 400 registrants. Online registration will end at
5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12th or when the race is full. Online
registration is $20 at www.jackrabbitsports.com/anyonecanwin.
OK, let's not kill him. We'll just tap him.
ESPN's Tony Kornheiser stepped in it again last week when, referring to cyclists, he said, "And they all, my God, with their water bottles in the back, and their stupid hats, and their shiny shorts, they're the same kind of disgusting posers that in a snowstorm come out with cross-country skis on your block. Run them down." After Lance Armstrong and others slammed him, Kornheiser backed off and said, "So you tap them. I'm not saying kill them."
Yesterday Lance called into Kornheiser's radio show and the two made nice. Still, after last month's rant against Hannah Storm's appearance, it's clear that Kornheiser (whom I generally like) has (understandable) issues with his own body, and resents those who are fitter and who respect their own appearance.
A good time was had by all at the Dalton School yesterday as Nike, Abdi Abdirahman and Josh Rohatinsky paid a visit to the High School. After being introduced by Skeery Jones of Z100, Abdi and Josh spoke to the assembly, with yours truly as the moderator for the event. They discussed their proudest accomplishments, most embarrassing moments, and how they got started running. Plus Abdi discussed where he got his nickname (Black Cactus) and we even prodded him to show the infamous victory dance that he showed off after winning Olympic Trials. The event was capped off by the athletes tossing autographed shirts to the crowd and a visit to the Spike Bus for photos. The students were incredible receptive and the athletes were interesting and engaging. It was a great way to send the kids off on their spring break, and get Josh and Abdi psyched for this weekend's NYC Half Marathon.
Speaking of the Half, keep an eye out for the City Coach cheering section at the northwest end of the park (near mile 4.75) on Sunday morning.
Our friends at Ride Brooklyn are hosting a Spring Cycling Festival March 19-21. Come join the Brooklyn bike community for a weekend dedicated to all things bike. In addition to the best prices on all bikes and snowboards for the year, they will host clinics and guest speakers to support commuters, racers and bicycle-loving families. Kicking off the weekend, police from the 78th precinct will be on hand to register bikes. Saturday morning, the Bicycle Program Coordinator from the Department of Transportation will come to distribute maps and discuss important issues for bike commuters. Sunday morning at 9:30, we will have a family ride through Prospect Park sponsored by Zigo. Call them if you want to reserve a Zigo bike to demo for the ride. Finally, the weekend will be packed with nutrition, exercise and bike maintenance clinics, and City Coach's own Shane Neil will be on hand. Representatives from the bicycle advocacy group Transportation Alternatives will also be there during the weekend. They will also have representatives from various bike manufacturers and NY cycling clubs representatives will be here to answer questions and sign up new members. You can check the detailed events schedule. Best prices of the season includes: * All 2009 or older in stock bikes 20% off! * 2010 bikes 10% off! * 5% off plus free shipping on all special orders! * All snowboards and snowboard gear 30-50% off! * Indoor trainers 20% off! * 30% off all cold weather cycling gear! * 10% off everything else in the store!!!!!
Megan Charlop (pictured to the left with her daughter), a veteran public health advocate who worked at Montefiore Medical Center for over 25 years was killed this morning while riding her bike to work. In 1999, Charlop was one of 10 recipients to receive the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health and Leadership Program award for her lead poisoning prevention work at Montefiore.
Following her death, Philip O. Ozuah, MD, the head of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, released this statement:
It is with the deepest sadness that I write to inform you of the untimely death of a good friend, long-time Montefiore employee, and champion for the health and social well-being of the families of the Bronx. Megan Charlop, Director of Community Health for the School Health Program and a former administrator of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, died earlier today doing something she truly loved, riding her bike on her way to work. Police report that Megan swerved her bike to avoid an opening car door and veered into the path of a bus. She was killed instantly. Megan's work for Montefiore and the people of the Bronx literally touched thousands of her co-workers and residents of the Borough. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her husband, Richard Powers, her children and her entire family. We will be sharing more details as they become available.
When you're riding in traffic, please be aware of your surroundings. Always scan ahead for drivers in parked cars, and be aware of what's going on in the next lane . Worst case scenario, remember that a door won't kill you. If you don't know what's to your outside, never swerve to avoid getting doored. The door will hurt, but as this sad case shows us, avoiding a door can have far worse consequences. And drivers – please respect commuters. Never park in a bike land, and always heck before you open your door.
Chris Solarz (pictured here with Emily Kindlon after they each won Run the Rock in 2008) had a busy couple of days last weekend. On Saturday Chris was first in the Providence stair climb (after catching the 2:30am train from NYC). Then Sunday he was second at the Rockefeller Center Climb, hopped on an Amtrak to Philly and won the CFF climb there a few hours later. That's two days, three races, two victories, 1250 people behind him, and only one in front.
After a two-day weather related delay, the coaching staff (Boris Talan, Vlad Bartchouk, Mike Halstead and yours truly) made it out of NYC and down to the beautiful island of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21. We did a mellow open water swim shortly after arriving, and then got down to real training the next day. The typical day included a 7:30a swim in the hotel's 50-meter, 3 lane Infinity pool, followed by an all out assault on the buffet breakfast. Then came the "fashionable" bike ride – usually 15-20 miles at a relaxed pace, and the fast ride – usually a little longer and brisker than the fashionable ride. Upon our return a few people would brave the 85+ degree temperatures and go for a 2-4 mile run. Then it was out for the highlight of the day – an open water swim in the gorgeous, blue waters.
There were some variations, including longer rides on the other side of the island, as well as a catamaran trip to the tiny island of Klein, Curacao which was highlighted by an escort from a group of dolphins. Then on the last day, a dive boat took us two miles from the hotel, dropped us in the water and told us to swim home. Thankfully, the tide was with us, and we all made it back. The happy campers are pictured above after completing the two mile swim.